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    [Samuel H. Walker]. James Francis Blair Sixth-Plate Daguerreotype, circa 1848. Blair, a private in Samuel Walker's company of Texas Rangers during the early months of the Mexican War, wears a broad-brimmed palmetto hat and a light-colored linen duster, popular amongst Rangers.

    Blair first mustered into Peter Hansbrough Bell's Texas Ranger company-the Texas Mounted Volunteers-near Corpus Christi in September 1845. This company formed to augment General Zachary Taylor's Army of Occupation, which was arriving in the area from Louisiana to secure the Nueces Strip. In March 1846, as Taylor's regulars marched further south to the Mexican border, Blair was discharged from Bell's company to join Samuel Walker's company of Texas Mounted Rangers in May near Port Isabel, Texas. During this time, the Texas Rangers began to capture the attention of the American public. Rangers such as Samuel Walker became household names, and the fighting methods and appearance of the Rangers became famous. Taylor, recognizing their superb horsemanship and unique skills, employed these early Rangers as spies and scouts. Blair, only in his early twenties, mustered out in July 1846 at Matamoras, Mexico. The daguerreotype's original leather-embossed wooden case exhibits minor wear with some weakness beginning at the hinge. The clasps are in fine working condition. Lined with embossed velvet.

    Also included is a James Francis Blair Document Signed (one partly-printed page 5.5" x 8.5", Clinton, Texas, June 3, 1874). In this document, Blair requests Edward Shands, secretary of the Association of Soldiers of the Mexican War of Texas, to "submit my name as an Application for Membership . . . and also as an applicant for a pension under the law." According to the information he supplies on this application, he was forty-six years old, born in Tennessee, and had served in the "Samuel H. Walker spy Co." After his discharge in 1846, the U.S. government had issued him 160 acres. This toned document has smoothed folds, some stains, and a small tear.

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